I was struck by the sheer excitement my second grader has for her field trip today to the Symphony Orchestra. Maybe because she is naturally drawn to the arts. Maybe it’s just because it’s a field trip. Maybe it’s because she is wearing a fancy dress.
Or maybe because the arts turns on something important in our kids in a way nothing else can. We do a lot of artsy stuff with our kids. They have seen lots of live theatre and they have performed in stages. So she knows the experience she is about to have. But even a kid who has never seen a live performance of any kind whatsoever can be deeply touched by their experience. And it’s that experience we need for our kids.
We want them to be tolerant and empathetic human beings. And we want them to be astute observers of their surroundings. Some of these qualities may help students earn a living, but their importance has more to do with students’ development into cultured and humane people.
The arts matter. They make us better people.
Read about a study proving this very fact.